Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Ranger Week, as with continue with our week-long focus on Tim Holtz Distress Stains. Throughout the course of this week we’re going to share with you a TON of different free video tutorials on a range of different techniques using Distress Stains, we’ll also show you some examples of projects incorporating these techniques.  To top off the week, Ranger has graciously donated five sets of twelve Distress Stains.  Each day this week someone will win this fabulous collection of Distress Stains.  All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST. You can keep up to date on what’s going on at Ranger by visiting their blog, and their Facebook Page.

In today’s video, Sophia is going to show you how easy it is to create a gorgeous background by stamping WITH the Distress Stains.  The technique we are featuring today is called Watercolor Stamping with Distress Stains.  It involved applying the Distress Stains to a stamp, misting it with water, and then stamping onto your surface.  Although Sophia applied this technique to a Hero Arts Background stamp, it can be used on any solid image stamp.

When you are stamping with Distress Stains, it’s important to keep in mind that Distress Stains are much more fluid than your traditional dye-based ink pads or pigment ink pads.  No matter how you apply it, you are NOT going to get a crisp, clean impression, the same way that you do with dye-based or pigment ink pads. If this is the look you are going for, then know that you won’t be happy with the outcome.  However, if you like the watercolor look, then that is exactly what you’ll get with Distress Stains.   By knowing and understanding the properties of your medium and knowing how to work with it, you’ll get results you love. In this technique Sophia plays up the fluidity of the Distress Stains, by misting on water, and then applying it to a watercolor paper. She also shows you what kind of effect you’d get working on other surfaces.

Sophia also shows a variation on this technique, where she replaces the water with Perfect Pearls Mist – another awesome Ranger product.

Watercolor Stamping With Distress Stains

*Please note that the video mentions that all 5 winners will be announced on Monday April 16th.  The correct date should be Friday April 20th at 4pm EST.

The finished card includes a colouring with Distress Markers technique.  The video on how to create the card from start to finish is available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.

A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library

The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelmingAfter spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through my series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, I began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 I launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in the library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.

Here at Paper Crafter’s Library, we make a great effort to provide tons of FREE content in the form of video tutorials.  You can access our free videos from our Public Video Library Page by clicking on the categories that say “this section contains one or more complimentary videos” underneath the link.  By signing up for our free email newsletter,  you’ll also receive a free weekly video tutorial.  Another great source of ongoing inspiration and information is the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. Access to the FULL library and to our premium content is a members-only benefit, for which there is a monthly fee (like signing up for an ongoing online class).  If this interests you, you can check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.

Distress Stain Give-Away

As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, every day this week we’ll be giving away one set of 12 Distress Stains – to a total of 5 winners.  All you have to do to enter is to leave us a comment on each day’s post.  You can expect the posts to be published before 12 pm EST each day this week.  All five winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th at 4 pm EST.

P.S.  We’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word about Ranger week on your blog, FB and/or Twitter!  The more people that visit and comment, the more we have companies like Ranger sponsoring our site with great products we can give away to you!

P.P.S.  We encourage you to stop by the Ranger Blog to thank them for their great give-away, and let them know we sent you!

If you are interested in purchasing the products we are featuring this week, they are all carried by our trusted partner Simon Says Stamp.  They have fantastic customer service and great shipping rates. Simply click on any image below to be directed to the product.



264 replies on “Ranger Week: Tim Holtz Distress Stains Day 3”

  1. What marvelous additions to your library. These Ranger Distress Stains really open some fabulous doors and tickle the imagination. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. Great techniques – the stains are so versatile. Thanks for all the details about color combinations and papers, too.

  3. Going to have to try this technique today – thanks for opportunity to win!

  4. I’m not surprised at such a neat way to use the Distress Stains, the problem would be trying to think how you could “not” use the Tim Holtz products. Such great ideas all the time, keep the mind working, we love it.

  5. yet again a great tutorial. I would so much love to win this product. I’m in love

  6. The watercolor effect is one of my favorites. Sophia did a great job on the card. I really appreciate the info and her showing what the stains look like on different cardstocks. All of them are beautiful.

  7. Great video and techniques! I’m so glad I followed the link from the Ranger Ink blog!

  8. OMG!! Absolutely love this technique! I am thinking that you need to continue this series even after this week! Maybe with other Tim Holtz products??? I’ve found these to be so helpful! Thanks again for a great tutorial!

  9. WOW! I have several background stamps that this technique would work with. Wonderfull Idea!

  10. I liked the tutorial. I need to learn to use new products by watching others. It’s so inspiring.

  11. LOVE the techniques. Ranger has amazing products and they blend and match so well.

  12. Love the idea of using the perfect pearls to give it some shine. These stains are awesome!

  13. That card is gorgeous! I love the watercolor effect and am looking forward to trying all the techniques this week.

  14. Oh My! Hold me down! I am so excited about all the distress stains videos. But I love this one with the watercolor effect. This is the best one yet! I don’t have any watercolor paper; but if I am fortunate enough to win some of these inks, I will get some. If not, I guess I will have to fit them in the budget. I,too, think you should continue these techniques after this week is done. Are these the kinds of things we get with the library membership?

  15. Oh my gosh–how beautiful is that watercolor technique! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  16. Another great tutorial! This is very pretty! I can’t wait to see tomorrows!

  17. What a great technique. I have not worked with distressed stains before. Now I’m excited to try it out. Thank you for the education and the opportunity to win. Blesings!

  18. Great tutorial and I love the way that you showed the different looks you might get on different cardstocks!

  19. Another fun technique. Such a great way to learn the many ways in which a new product can be used.

  20. This is a beautiful technique. Thanks for sharing the various looks on different papers. It is amazing how it changes the entire feel of the background. The finished card is also very lovely. Great video and great products.

  21. I am off to my craft table to try this technique — can’t wait to see what I get! Thanks for these videos and for the chance to win a set of stains. They are great.

  22. I’m so glad I found your website! Thanks for the great videos and the chance to win!

  23. Love that card! Who wouldn’t want to win some distress stains?! Thanks for the chance.

  24. I love the technique. Can’t wait to get in my stamp room and play. Thanks.

  25. I use this technique on my embossing folders all the time. It turns out really cool. Thanks for the video. Love Tim Holtz products.

  26. Thanks for the tips on using the stains. I only own 2 bottles of the stains and have only used one them so far so this video helps in finding ways to use them.

  27. Enjoying the excellent videos all this week – learning some great new techniques.

  28. Thank you for showing how this technique looks on different kinds of paper. It helps when you can see actual samples – love the one on the watercolor paper !

  29. Beautiful. Love the colors and the final card is really nice. Thank you for the video.

  30. I want to try this technique! I have only one of these distress stains, so if I win a set I’ll have the chance to try making the card. Thanks!

  31. I love this technique, on the water color paper with Perfect pearls!! It gives such a soft artistic look!! Thanks so much for sharing with us these awesome videos!

  32. Holy smokes! I sure am glad to have found this site. Thanks for the super informative video. Just what I was after.

  33. Beautiful technique! I think I agree with you by liking the water paper the best. I”m going to have to try this myself….would love to win the set of stains to help me make that happen. TFS!

  34. This is so pretty! I love the idea of using the stains on stamps. What a terrific technique! I will definitely try this one! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  35. The watercolor effect is one of my favorite techniques! Great that it can be done with the Distress Stains. This is awesome!

    Thanks for another chance to win the set of Distress Stains! 🙂

  36. All these ideas are awesome! Thanks for sharing them with us and also for the chance to win some of the stains.

  37. Just added water color paper to my shopping list!! I really like making backgrounds. Thanks so much for sharing this week.

  38. Thank you so much again for all the techniques. Give me new ways to use de distress stain.

  39. Another fantastic video and card! I have learned so many new techniqes this week with the stains as I have never tried them before. I cannot wait to give this a try!

  40. What a another awesome technique — I will have to break down and get me some distress paints and try some of these great techniques. Thanks and it sure would be nice to win these distress paints…

  41. Thanks for the great video! I’m looking forward to checking out the other ones…I’m a little behind. 🙂

  42. Wow, I am so excited to learn of your site!! It sounds like lots of great info…. I’m sure it will become my “go to” site to learn and refresh techniques… thanks for the chance to win some Distress Stains… I can hardly wait to try them out in one of my watercolor paintings!!

  43. This week has been awesome! I love to learn and try new things and Ranger products are so awesome! Thank you for the great tutorials.

  44. Wow I just learned alot. Thanks so much for showing us these great techniques.

  45. This looked so easy to do on the video, so easy i will try it. I love that you showed us how the look appears differently with the different types of paper. I am learning a lot this week. Thanks

  46. Another great video. Since I have some stains, I think I will try this technique. Learn something new everyday is my motto.

  47. I love the distress stains. I have never used them as you did in today’s technique. I really like the look from misting with pearls. Great idea-thanks!

  48. Lovely card with ideas that have my brain already planning my next card! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  49. Wow, you make it look so easy. I can’t wait to give this new technique a try. So glad I found your blogsite, just love it! tfs

  50. This is a great technique. It is amazing how it changes the entire look of the background. The finished card is so lovely. Great video, tks for an opportunity to win some new products.

  51. Awesome video! This is my first visit to your site and I must say I am very impressed! Can’t wait to look around some more! Thanks for the inspiration!

  52. So pretty! Love the water color effect and it’s amazing how different they all look on the different kinds of paper. So many ideas…..where to start?!

  53. This has been a great project for getting out the word on these stains. I hope that Ranger will consider doing this with other mediums…this creates a situation where everyone wins..Ranger, Papercrafters Library, and the many crafters you are reaching. Thank You.

  54. Great technique–I didn’t realize you could stamp with the stains. Thanks for the paper choice comparison too.

  55. It’s so fun to learn new ways to be creative! Thank you so much Ranger & Papercrafters for the tutorials & the chance to win 🙂

  56. Lovin’ the videos. Like this technique with the perfect pearls. Have to agree with you that I think I like it best on watercolor paper. I love to make my own papers so Distress stains are def. in my future! Thanks to both you and Ranger for the chance to start my collection.

  57. Another great technique and video! Thanks for showing how the different background substrates work with the Distress Stains.

  58. Beautiful card! Love the stamping technique with the Distress Stains, I think my favorite looks are on the watercolor paper and manila card stock. Thank you for sharing these fun videos, I have enjoyed all of them.

  59. Love the way the image comes out. It gives it that not so perfect look which is what distress is all about! Can’t wait for tomorrows new technique!

  60. I’ve bought 2 of the Distress stains, but haven’t tried them yet. The samples are gorgeous.
    Can’t wait to play with them.

  61. I’m learning more with each video and each day! Thanks for the chance to win the Ranger inks as well! Looking forward to the next post!

  62. Learning all about distress inks and so many cool techniques. This is such fun and I can’t believe all the cool things these products can do! I hope I win the Ranger products so I can try for myself. Thank you for having the giveaway.

  63. What an Awesome effect with these distress stains they are so versatile with all the new techniques I am learning in this wonderful ranger week ! Thanx again

  64. The ideas and creations with the distress stains have been stunning! What a wonderful site!

  65. I think I’m in love:D Thank you for the informative vids! This would be a wonderful bday surprise(Saturday)! haha

  66. Great technique!! Love Distress Stains; so many things to do with tem. Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

  67. Wow, great ideas. Didn’t realise there was so much to do with distress stains!

  68. I am learning so much and really appreciate all your hard work. Such skill and knowledge and you are so generous to share it with us! Thank you

  69. The tutorials and written details about working with Distress Stains have been so informational. Thanks for sharing so much and for giving us a chance to win!

  70. Hi There! I found out about the papercrafterlibrary yesterday and I already love it! There is so much to learn about and to see that there is a website where everything comes together is amazing! I made a link on my blog to this site so that others can check it out. I love the distress-products and all the possiblities it gives you while crafting. I don’t have any of them yet but one day… 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  71. This is a great way of using the Distress Stains – such pretty effects and this flourish looks so gorgeous! Thank you for explaining the technique so well!

  72. Thanks for the great ideas and helping me get my head around this awesome product.

  73. Oh my!! Love this technique. Have not tried it before with the stains and the perfect pearls. Awesome! TFS

  74. Love this card and what a nice effect you become with the stains!
    Love it!

  75. Another cool technique! Love the watercolor paper. Gotta try it with Perfect Pearls.

  76. I am new to the blog..love Ranger products and love,love.love the techniques being showcased this week

  77. My shopping list just keeps getting bigger….So convenient that I just got the new Tim Holtz catty!!!!

  78. Love the beautiful card you created with this technique. Would so love to win.

    heidi @ dicarlo1 dot com

  79. Another great technique. Like the effect perfect pearls has on the image. Thanks for sharing,

  80. I just joined the paper crafters library and I am so excited… Can’t wait to get started. I would love a chance to win the distress stains! Woo, Hoo!!

  81. Gorgeous card! I never would have thought to use the stains for the watercolor technique. Thanks so much for the great video –

  82. Thanks for the great techniques! I love getting information on how to use projects I’m not very familiar with. And thanks for the chance to win Ranger products.

  83. I’ll have to try this technique too, I have some watercolour paper from my moms supply and have yet to use it. I was thinking of taking up watercolour painting again but this is much quicker. I love instant gratification.

  84. What a nice color effect! I love the blending of colors. I would love to try this technique, so I hope I win.

  85. Oooohhh, now I’m going to go look for stamps I have so I can try this technique with the two stains I have….

  86. Great video showing a really cool technique. I especially like the shimmery look of the distress stains with perfect pearls mist. Thanks for the chance to win a set of distress stains!!

  87. Another awesome Technique! Love the comment about trying on different kinds of cardstock and other medium to see what looks you like the best. Love the card. Thanks for sharing and again thanks to both Ranger and Papercrafters for offering the giveaway.

  88. Love this technique. SO pretty and easy to do. Thank you for showing me one more thing I didn’t know how to do!!!!! Im going to a crop at the end of the month and will be using all the new techniques I am learning this week!!! You Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. I love to watercolor, but my style is a lot different than others. But after watching the video and seeing this beautiful card, I really think I will be using this technique. The technique using stain is so much my style (you are right, either you like it or you don’t — and I do, but it is not for everybody). I always think of Monet when I see this style (impressionism).

  90. Love the watercolor technique plus it really helps to show the look on several materials to showcase the differences using the same technique. Also love the colorful nail polish.

  91. I really love this technique! So easy, and what great results, love how all the colors blend!

  92. What a great idea for backgrounds and the resist as well. Can’t wait to start playing with the stains I do have.

  93. Thank you for a wonderful video tutorial. I am such a visual learner, and these videos help me thoroughly understand everything!

  94. I’m loving all these cards – Ranger inks are so great to add gorgeous color to projects!

  95. I love watercolor stamping. I often do it by applying ink on my craftsheet, spraying water and then inking up the stamp. Or inking on the stamp and spraying water. But with distress stains it looks so much easier!

  96. This is my favorite technique so far! I can’t wait to try these great Distress Stains. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  97. Great technique! I like being able to see the paper comparisons, too. You are really showing the versatility of the Distress Stains! Thank you for the opportunity to win some!

    p/s…LOVE your nails, Sophia! They are so much fun! 🙂

  98. Such a lovely card and a great technique! Thanks for sharing.

    Carol B

  99. I have tried this technique and it works wonderfully. This card is a beautiful example.

  100. Another great tutorial; thanks for sharing how the techinique looks on the various papers.

  101. I was already a Ranger and Distress Stain fan! Now I am a fan of the Paper Crafter’s Library too. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

  102. thanks so much for sharing this video with using the stains on stamps and the 2 misting options, now i can use my green stain!!!!!!!! yipee, i don’t have to buy a green stamp pad!!!!

  103. These videos are great, would love to see more series like this as it really helps to understand a product and all the uses.

  104. Thanks for the great video. Love this watercolor technique for backgrounds and I love how easy it is with the Distress Stains.

  105. Hi,

    Love the technique and spraying the Perfect Pearl mist instead of water was a big a-ha moment for me. Thanks!

  106. I love this technique using the distress stains. I am anxious to try it. Thanks for the videos!

  107. I love this technique using the distress stains. I am anxious to try it. Thanks for the videos!

  108. I love those colours together and thanks for showing us how it looks on the different papers. I love using perfect pearls mist, I have the pigments and usually mix it with water but the shimmer is so pretty! I love your inky finger and your super fun nails!

  109. Absolutely love this technique – very versatile and only limited by my imagination!

  110. Love this watercolor technique with Distress stains! What a great idea to spritz with Perfect Pearls mist. Can’t wait to try it.!!

  111. All the different papers give a great look… I LOVE the glittery affect with the mist…

  112. Thank you so very much for all of the effort, time, money, and creativity that you are putting forth during Ranger week!! I have so been inspired to use the Distress stains—I LOVE Tim HOltz products AND RANGER is an uber company!!! I ‘m so thankful for for the both of them AND for YOU!!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

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